Wedding trends have evolved during the decades. From the length of the dress to the size and number of tiers of the cake, trends for nuptials have been informed by the cultural hegemony of the era. Check out the trends over the decades.
1900s Where did the tradition of a bride wearing a white wedding dress originate? You can thank Queen Victoria’s choice of wedding gown color when she married Prince Albert. The dresses of the early 20th century also featured S-shaped corsets for that ever-decreasing waist, high necklines, puffy sleeves, and frilled bodices.
1910s Henry Ford and the Model T and the onset of more automobiles riding the nation’s new roads helped launch the first out-oftown weddings. In addition, honeymoons that were farther away were also on the rise. Makeup, that is, mascara and eye shadow, also became more popular. Brides left the natural look and wore a more dramatic face when they said their “I do’s.”
1920s Flapper fever and the roaring 20s informed the style in general, and of particularly weddings, which became more informal. Wedding dress hems were knee-high and hairdos were short bobs topped with a headdress, putting aside the traditional veil. In fact, weddings became so informal that many city hall marriages and elopements were not uncommon.
1930s The tradition of bride and groom cake toppers had its start in the 30s. This was the wedding indulgence because The Great Depression influenced weddings considerably. Instead of buying a wedding gown, brides pored through their closets and found the most elegant dress they already owned. If brides were able to get a white wedding gown, after they got married, they dyed it and wore it again on another occasion.
1940s Many brides-to-be waited for grooms because of the onset of World War II. So that meant that weddings were centered on the groom’s deployment. Sometimes, weddings announced at the beginning of the week took place that very weekend. With supplies scarce, wedding parties were much more simple.
1950s Hollywood and Grace Kelly, who took the world by storm with her high collar, lacesleeved dress, informed the look of brides this decade. Also popular were ballerinalength dresses and sweetheart necklines. Gloves became de rigueur, and bouquets got grander and bigger.
1960s Flower power and the launch into space went into the wedding halls. The most popular flower was the daisy, a nod to the hippie movement. In addition, shiny details a la NASA were popular touches at weddings. Pillbox hats, made trendy by Jackie Kennedy, were also a headdress must-have. The empire waist also was a big look.
1970s The 70s can be described as a mélange of trends because the country was in transition. The free-loving 60s was to become the rah-rah and conservative 80s. Outdoor weddings became more formal, and wedding vows — influenced by the feminist movement — dropped the “obey” promise from the wedding vows.
1980s Long, long trains and veils, and sleeves that had enough poof to rise, all thanks to Princess Diana’s iconic wedding gown in her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, made every bride want to be a princess. The dress was bigger, the cakes were bigger, and even the hair was bigger. It was a big decade. 1990s Sleek and slinky. Spaghetti straps and little detail. After the big 90s, wedding style went in the opposite direction. Lots of movies informed the decade, including “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Runaway Bride.”
2000s Weddings began to take place in hotels and country clubs, and less often in churches. That meant that brides could wear more strapless ball gowns. With the less formal church ceremony atmosphere, at the wedding party bands, DJs, and partying into the night, became the standard. For the sweet touch, traditional towers of cupcakes replaced traditional wedding cakes
2010s can be described as millennia’s wedding, a lot of turquoise-and-raspberry color combo. Retro-style weddings — at a hotel, in your parents’ backyard, or even at a restaurant, Barn modern style with a lot of greenery dominate the market. Wedding filled with vintage details, whether from the 1950s, ’60s, or even ’70s dominate decorations